OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the most important decisions when remodeling a bathroom is choosing the right porcelain throne for your new kingdom. The first choice is the width of the bowl you want. Standard size is 12 inches, so most models are available like this. If you have a large or small bathroom, your oval office can be anywhere from 10-14 inches, depending on the space you have. The next option is whether or not you want a round or oval shaped bowl. The more common choice, oval shaped, can be easier to get. It may be better to get a round toilet if you have a smaller bathroom, as it can save space. Round bowls also cost less, so you can save a little bit of money. Height is the next variable in picking your look. The standard height of a toilet is 14 inches. For taller people, a higher toilet should be considered.

Taller toilets are better for a handicapped restroom because it allows for easier mobility when getting up and down. The style of your commode can be a big decision. The typical (and cheapest) choice is a two-piece toilet, where the tank is bolted to the top of it. The next option is a one-piece toilet, which has no seam between the tank and the bowl. This costs a bit more, but it is easier to clean because there is no seam. The final style available is a wall-mounted toilet. This type houses the tank in the wall, and is the easiest to clean, with less surface area. It is the most sought-after option because it is sleek, clean, and space-saving. This is the most expensive option, and for maintenance, you may need to reopen the wall.

Flushers on toilets have improved in the last 10 years. Older models flushed away 3.5 gallons of water per flush. Newer models only use 1.6 gallons, in an effort to conserve water. Some models now offer a dual flushing system. This feature comes with 2 buttons on the toilet. When one is pressed, only 0.8 gallons of water is used, and a full 1.6 gallons are used when both are used. This can save a family of four (on average) $2,100 during the time the toilet is in use. Color, of course, should be taken into account for the design of your bathroom. Add-ons, such as a heated toilet seat, bidet, and a soft-closing seat may be available. These little comforts cost a little more, but can also raise the resale value of your home. To discuss the bathroom design plan that best suits you, stop by our Dream Kitchen & Bath showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, New York, or contact us.